Private: Disappearing author

The Stone Reader, a film about a writer who wrote one novel in the early 1970’s and then disappeared until a documentarian tracked him down, was released in these parts a few months ago.

The Observer explains why the film is worth seeing:

Not the least of the film’s achievements is that it has led to the republishing of The Stones of Summer, the re-emergence of Mossman from three decades of obscurity, and refocused attention on the magical and redemptive power of fiction. It also explores how that power, while inspirational for the reader, can destroy the writer.

The film will be shown on BBC4 on August 18. (Thanks to Emma for the link.)